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El Ancla

Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0716
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“crab” (2 reviews)
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Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

have the pargo entero, whole fried red snapper, yum!! The service was good here and the drinks affordable. The view, amazing!

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The seafood chowder with cream was delicious and worth the visit - it contained prawns, squid and a white fish. Don't come for the service though, the waitresses look as though they can't be bothered and it's almost impossible to get their attention even when...More

Thank elizw86
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This little beach restaurant is wonderful! I had their specialty, for 5000 colones, which was "sopa de mariscos", seafood chowder. It was THE best bowl of chowder I have ever had, bar none. Ask for the cream based one. It was huge, and chock full...More

Thank Joanne D
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Had a very good lunch. The portion was huge. I had the fish and chips. My sister had the seafood chowder. She says it was one of her best meals during our 15 day Costa Rica trip.

Thank Louise D
Reviewed 17 March 2017

A fabulous Tico owned restaurant with delicious steaks and a friendly cat. You can see the hermit crabs walking toward the sea when you dine at night.

Thank Lauren R
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Right on the beach. Great staff. Takes credit cards. The meals are all made fresh and delicious. Always love the fish fingers!

Thank Jesus S
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I love the food here. The only draw back is the sound system. There is sometimes really loud music. I prefer the quieter dining night.

Thank ahop13
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Ate ther twice, and I had pretty good food and my wife's was not. I had grilled whole red snapper that was great, and the fish "burger" which was a fried fish sandwich, also great. My wife had pesto pasta, not so good, and a...More

Thank Sweeniesdad
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Wonderful location!! Right on the beach with great views and outdoor seating. Good drink prices and appetizers. Great place to hang out and relax.

Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

We had a great supper. A nice table on the beach, good music but you didn't have to shout to be heard. The beer was cold and food was wonderful. The house sauce on my fish fillet was a tantalizing curry sauce with chunks of...More

Thank dan3048
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Marlyn G
Buenas, De casualidad ustedes son los mismos dueños de las cabinas el ancla? Si es así, me podrían regalar el número por favor?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
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View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0716
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